The Asia-Pacific: A Region in Transition
ASIA-PACIFIC CENTER FOR SECURITY STUDIES HONOLULU HI
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To describe the Asia-Pacific region as a region in change is, to a large extent, both commonplace and a truism. In 1996 Professor Michel Oksenberg placed the changes occurring in Asia on the scale of the Industrial Revolution in terms of their global impact. Some quarter of a century earlier, the theme of a 1970 conference in Canberra dealing with the region was also of change. That conference noted that if it had been held in the 1960s based on the experience of the 1950s, the participants in 1970 would have sustained some shocks brought about by the differences in outcome that could have been expected from a well-informed contemporary that is, 1960s assessment. The moral from this is that although change itself might be a given, its pace and direction are not and any lessons to be learnt from change are elusive and require an examination of assumptions as much as of trends.
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